These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2018


We analyzed over 118 places in Missouri to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Missouri.

But where exactly in Missouri? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Missouri that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Kennett don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Show Me State to retire for 2018:

  1. Kennett (Homes For Sale)
  2. St. Ann (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mexico (Homes For Sale)
  4. Cameron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kirkwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Maryville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. St. Peters (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Town And Country (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Webster Groves (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Liberty (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Kennett take the top spot? And where are St. Louis and Springfield?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Missouri.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State

To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 71 places from across the state.

For these 71, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 71, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Kennett, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Kennett

Kennett, Missouri

Population: 10,500
Median Rent: $505
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,190
More on Kennett: Homes For Sale | Data
White settlers built log cabins in the area in the first half of the 19th century, naming their settlement Chilletecaux in honor of a Delaware Indian chief who lived there. The town was renamed Butler in the late 1840s. Due to mail delivery problems because of other jurisdictions named the same, the settlement was renamed as Kennett, in honor of the mayor of the city of St. Louis, Luther M. Kennett.

2. St. Ann

St. Ann, Missouri

Source: Public domain’

Population: 12,931
Median Rent: $726
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,590
More on St. Ann: Homes For Sale | Data
The city was established in 1948 but began to develop six years before it was granted the petition of incorporation. Charles F. Vatterott, the developer and builder of most of the residential and commercial properties in St. Ann, started the community as a housing project for families of workers employed in nearby defense plants. It was one of the few defense housing projects in the country to develop into a permanent town. The original homesite was dedicated in honor of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.

3. Mexico

Mexico, Missouri

Population: 11,622
Median Rent: $654
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,243
More on Mexico: Homes For Sale | Data
Mexico was laid out as ‘New Mexico’ in 1836 and was a major stop for settlers heading to the Republic of Texas (thus the name ‘New Mexico’), and it became the county seat under its present name in 1837. The word ‘New’ was dropped out after the Mexican War that saw Texas become a part of the United States.

4. Cameron

Cameron, Missouri

Population: 10,150
Median Rent: $642
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,206
More on Cameron: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1854 Samuel McCorkle platted the town of Somerville. When the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (a line whose founders included the father of Mark Twain and which was to deliver the first mail of the Pony Express) proposed coming through the area, the line said the area around Somerville was too steep for the rail so he platted a new community 1.5 miles to the west in what is now ‘Olde Towne’ Cameron. The town platted in 1855 was named for the maiden name of his wife Malinda Cameron. McCorkle Park is still Cameron’s centerpiece park.

5. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Missouri

Population: 27,614
Median Rent: $1,048
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,919
More on Kirkwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Plans for a new community close to St. Louis began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis City boundaries.

6. Maryville

Maryville, Missouri

Population: 11,957
Median Rent: $626
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,438
More on Maryville: Homes For Sale | Data
Maryville was platted on September 1, 1845.

7. St. Peters

St. Peters, Missouri

Population: 55,820
Median Rent: $898
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,334
More on St. Peters: Homes For Sale | Data
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area that would become St. Peters was inhabited by Mississippian mound builders. The remains of a village were uncovered during the construction of I-70 in 1954 and a street near the site was later named Mound Drive after the mounds built by the villagers.

8. Town And Country

Town And Country, Missouri

Population: 11,001
Median Rent: $1,045
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,272
More on Town and Country: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Missouri

Population: 23,111
Median Rent: $1,172
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,289
More on Webster Groves: Homes For Sale | Data
Webster Groves is approximately 2 miles (3 km) west of the St. Louis city limits, and 10 miles (16 km) southwest of downtown St. Louis, in an area known to fur trappers and Missouri, Osage and Dakota indigenous people, until 1802, as the ‘Dry Ridge’.[citation needed] In the early 19th century, this region, once a part of the Louisiana Territory, was changing from Spanish to French ownership, and a system of land grants was inaugurated to promote immigration. During the early period of Spanish rule, officials gave land to settlers as a check against the English.[citation needed]

10. Liberty

Liberty, Missouri

Population: 30,239
Median Rent: $793
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,795
More on Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data
Liberty was settled in 1822, and shortly later became the county seat of Clay County. The city was named for the American concept of liberty.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to Kennett.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Belton
  • Republic
  • Springfield

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Missouri

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Kennett 1 10,500 $505 19 6,190
St. Ann 2 12,931 $726 1 2,590
Mexico 3 11,622 $654 85 3,243
Cameron 4 10,150 $642 40 2,206
Kirkwood 5 27,614 $1048 12 1,919
Maryville 6 11,957 $626 72 1,438
St. Peters 7 55,820 $898 12 2,334
Town And Country 8 11,001 $1045 9 1,272
Webster Groves 9 23,111 $1172 11 1,289
Liberty 10 30,239 $793 16 1,795
Chesterfield 11 47,717 $1100 12 1,938
Hannibal 12 17,707 $601 86 4,715
Creve Coeur 13 18,072 $1127 7 1,676
Washington 14 14,012 $676 37 4,174
Moberly 15 13,867 $606 120 2,617
Florissant 16 52,218 $920 4 2,432
Crestwood 17 11,941 $895 13 2,403
Ballwin 18 30,431 $1090 14 811
Jackson 19 14,641 $803 99 1,775
Independence 20 117,217 $783 24 5,963
Sikeston 21 16,464 $641 66 4,834
Lebanon 22 14,652 $584 144 3,494
Gladstone 23 26,562 $801 10 2,913
Festus 24 11,929 $698 36 2,707
Poplar Bluff 25 17,198 $665 61 6,994
Farmington 26 17,881 $666 66 3,791
Union 27 10,813 $635 59 5,336
Lake St. Louis 28 15,150 $987 22 1,993
Manchester 29 18,183 $927 13 1,809
Marshall 30 12,984 $656 81 3,042
O’Fallon 31 84,018 $1020 18 1,287
Ferguson 32 21,035 $830 3 5,994
Maryland Heights 33 27,359 $936 5 1,918
Overland 34 15,932 $818 3 3,847
Eureka 35 10,497 $1034 22 1,800
St. Charles 36 68,341 $885 8 2,771
Bridgeton 37 11,698 $901 3 8,548
Hazelwood 38 25,604 $832 3 3,397
Harrisonville 39 10,002 $805 48 5,178
Lee’S Summit 40 94,257 $996 31 1,835
Neosho 41 12,144 $591 93 5,574
Warrensburg 42 19,932 $717 64 3,050
Excelsior Springs 43 11,480 $636 25 3,283
Fulton 44 12,886 $590 85 3,895
Kirksville 45 17,592 $595 108 3,484
Carthage 46 14,247 $699 108 4,281
West Plains 47 12,259 $615 119 5,008
St. Louis 48 316,030 $759 10 7,806
Sedalia 49 21,441 $686 89 5,676
Arnold 50 21,196 $899 22 3,887
Raymore 51 20,107 $1114 36 2,138
Bellefontaine Neighbors 52 10,785 $1007 7 4,070
Raytown 53 29,366 $894 24 5,393
St. Joseph 54 76,901 $719 32 6,468
Wentzville 55 34,176 $968 27 1,612
Rolla 56 19,904 $672 93 3,818
Grain Valley 57 13,273 $971 33 1,597
Joplin 58 51,231 $716 97 8,018
Nixa 59 20,520 $788 155 1,700
Clayton 60 16,034 $1115 7 1,995
Bolivar 61 10,592 $663 136 6,807
Ozark 62 18,867 $801 158 2,618
Troy 63 11,374 $799 35 2,593
Blue Springs 64 53,641 $924 30 2,947
Grandview 65 25,126 $763 30 3,999
Cape Girardeau 66 39,200 $708 95 4,755
Branson 67 11,158 $734 149 13,192
Columbia 68 117,165 $803 106 3,210
Springfield 69 165,138 $683 159 9,992
Republic 70 15,766 $779 152 2,518
Belton 71 23,236 $989 34 3,989

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